Azita Milanian was out jogging with her dogs along that same hiking trail not too long after baby Matthew was carelessly discarded. One dog took off and started sniffing something on the ground.
She approached the spot of dirt that had her dog jazzed up, expecting it to be a small animal. What she saw next left her shaking in disbelief. Sticking out of the ground, she was stunned to discover two infant-sized feet sticking out of the dirt.
Azita began frantically digging at the shallow grave trying to free the baby. She had no idea if it was alive or not. Toscafashion reported:
"I screamed. There was a blue towel, and there was a baby in there."
Thanks to no reception, her 911 call would not go through. So she hoofed it to the nearest roadway and managed to flag down a motorist passing by.
The driver sped to the nearest police station while Azita stayed with Matthew at the crime scene, trying valiantly to clean him up and comfort him. It turns out that all he needed was a human touch.
"He grabbed my wrist and stopped crying. It was very emotional. What kind of sick human would do something like that? He still had his umbilical cord hanging from his stomach."
After receiving much needed medical care, Matthew survived the ordeal. This little fighter eventually was adopted by a wonderful family and the mother or whoever abandoned him was never caught and tried for the crime.
Matthew was never told about his harrowing start in life until he was an adult. He and his godmother were in the car together and she asked him if he knew the truth.
"...she told me the story and I was just in awe and then I went home and did research and then I started telling everyone because I felt so cool that I survived the impossible."
Matthew also decided to hunt down his rescuer and thank her in person for what she had done. She could have ignored her dog and kept on jogging -- but she didn't.
She saved his life.
Even though Azita tried to found out what happened to Matthew, because he was adopted, she was told she could not contact his family. She was distraught, but sought comfort in the fact that someone somewhere was loving him like he so dearly deserved.
Radio host Ryan Seacrest helped Matthew meet up with Azita and broadcast their reunion on air. Azita said she'd been waiting to meet him for 20 years.
"You're exactly what I've imagined. I guessed your size, everything. Thank you for coming into my life, you changed my life. I knew we were going to connect again. The day I met him he confirmed my faith. God brought us together for a purpose."